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MERCATOR / HONDIUS - L'Archevesche de Cambray.

MERCATOR / HONDIUS - L'Archevesche de Cambray.
L'Archevesche de Cambray. - MERCATOR / HONDIUS
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Title : L'Archevesche de Cambray..
Date : Amsterdam. 1633.
Size : 14.6 x 19.5 inches. / 37.0 x 49.6 cm.
Colouring : Coloured

Description :

Beautiful hand-coloured, decorative map of the Cambray region of France that features the cities of Cambray, Valencenne, Douay, and Bouchain. It has four cartouches, one in each corner. One has the twin-eagle coat of arms with the bishop's hat and staff.

Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) was the prime cartographer during the most important period in the history of map-making. Mercator, second only to Ptolemy, is synonymous with the form of map projection still in use in modern cartography. Mercator was the first to apply projection to navigational charts so that compass bearings could be plotted on charts in straight lines.

Mercator was born in Flanders and established himself there as a cartographer and instrument and globe maker. The quality of his work brought him the support of Charles V for whom he constructed a globe.

In later life he devoted himself to his edition of the maps in Ptolemy's “Geographia”, reproduced in his own engraving as nearly as possible in their original form, and to the preparation of his 3-volume collection of maps to which, for the first time was called by the word “Atlas”.

Henricus Hondius (1597-1651) was one of the famous Dutch “Golden Age” cartographers. He initially helped his father and brother to expand their family business of map making. Later in 1621, he opened his own business firm in the city of Amsterdam.

His father, Jodocus Hondius Sr. was himself an ace cartographer who was instrumental in resolving one of the major problems faced by the cartographers of the earlier age, the method of reproducing spherical objects on the two dimensional and continuous rectangular surface. In 1641, Henricus Hondius modified the existing maps made by his family to publish the Mercator- Hondius Atlas.

Condition : In good condition with usual age toning. Centerfold separation in lower portion has been repaired with archival materials and the once folding map no longer folds. French text on verso.

ID: 92772

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